In a big jolt to BCCI officials, Justice RM Lodha-led Lodha panel on Monday filed a report in Supreme Court seeking the removal of entire top-brass of the board. The committee has also sought to remove state bodies office bearers, who fail to fulfill criteria laid by it. The panel, in its report, has also sought the appointment of former Home Secretary GK Pillai as the observer of the board. As per the report, Pillai will be responsible for entire functioning of board till the time new heads are appointed. The committee recommended that Pillai will appoint auditor, and all necessary secretarial staff, assistance and remuneration as may be determined appropriate. BCCI and Lodha panel have been at loggerheads, with the former suggesting that not all the recommendations by the SC-appointed committee can be implemented. While Lodha-panel has accused Board of intentionally defying the the recommendations of the panel.
The BCCI has been saying that its impossible to implement all the panel’s proposals, which include an age and tenure cap for top officials. Last month, the court had given a deadline of December 3 to BCCI president Anurag Thakur and the 13 state associations in the country to implement the reforms proposed by the Lodha Committee, putting on hold disbursal of funds to state associations till they promised to do that.
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